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Monday, November 30, 2009

Argentina snatch victory over Scotland with a late dropgoal

Argentina snatch victory over Scotland with a late dropgoal

Argentina ruined the Murrayfield festivities as they beat Scotland 9-6 on Saturday, a week after the Scots historic win over Australia.

Scotland had hoped for a clean sweep of their Autumn Internationals, after they had beaten Fiji, then Australia in successive weeks.

Phil Godman kicked two penalties to give Scotland a first half lead, but it was Argentinas Martin Rodriguez who kicked two of his own in the second half, then clinched victory for the visitors with a late dropgoal.

The scalp of Argentina, third place at the 2007 World Cup, would have meant a dream start for coach Andy Robinson. Former Captain Jason White believes that Robinson will make huge changes for Scottish rugby.

"I have worked under four Scotland regimes in my nine or so years on the Test scene - at the start there was Ian McGeechan with Jim Telfer and then Matt Williams followed by Frank Hadden, he said.

"Now Andy is the man in charge and his approach is completely different to all the others. He and his management team are doing things his way and I believe it is the right way.

Okay we lost, which was hugely disappointing. But the bottom line is that we do have an excellent squad of coaches, managers and players at the moment.

"I'm convinced that two wins out of three spells out that we have the makings of a bright future.

Argentina played a far better game in the second half, and combined with errors and a sending off from the home side, got themselves in a position to win the match.

"We lost against England playing well but with some mistakes. Then we didn't play well against Wales," coach Santiago Phelan said.

"This game was very important for us. To get a good result is very important for the continuity of this team."

Time: 07:21

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